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ICC World Cup 2015 – As it happened

After many highs, lows and magic moments, the ICC World Cup 2015 came to an end on March 29th with Australia clinching the coveted title for the fifth time at MCG. 5 time champions displayed great skill levels, consistency throughout the tournament and deserved to win. All in all, the teams that participated produced excellent cricket in the seven week long tournament and thoroughly entertained the followers of the game worldwide. Let us take a look at the records that were created and broken match by match in this mega event: 


1st Match: New Zealand v Sri Lanka 

–> Kumar Sangakkara surpasses Ricky Ponting to become the second highest run-getter in ODIs.

–> He also becomes the 3rd Sri Lankan 14th overall to score 1000 runs in World Cups.

–> Lasith Malinga becomes the 3rd bowler to concede the most runs (84) in a World Cup match without taking a wicket.

           1. R Van Vuuren (Netherlands) vs Australia in 2003 World Cup

           2. Javagal Srinath (India) vs Australia in 2003 World Cup

2nd Match: Australia v England 

–> Aaron Finch scores the first hundred of the World Cup.

–> Steven Finn takes the first hat-trick and 5-fer of this showpiece event.

3rd Match: South Africa v Zimbabwe 

–> David Miller scores the most number of sixes (9) in an innings of a WC match.

–> JP Duminy and David Miller record the highest fifth wicket partnership in ODIs (256*).

4th Match: India v Pakistan

–> Virat Kohli becomes the first Indian to score a hundred against Pakistan in a World Cup clash.

5th Match: West Indies v Ireland

-> Ireland chased down total of 300+ third time- the most by any team in World Cups. 

6th Match: New Zealand v Scotland 

–> No Records

7th Match: Bangladesh v Afghanistan 

–> No Records 

8th Match: Zimbabwe vs UAE

–> No Records

9th Match: New Zealand v England 

–> Tim Southee records the best figures by a New Zealander in a World Cup match.

–> New Zealand crushed England with 226 balls to spare, the heaviest defeat in terms of balls remaining.

–> Brendon McCullum smashed his own record for the fastest half-century in World Cup competition (in 18 balls). His previous record for the fastest 50 came in 20 balls against Canada in 2007 World Cup.

10th Match: Pakistan v West Indies 

–> 1/4- Worst start by a team (Pakistan) in World Cups.  

11th Match: Australia v Bangladesh 

–> No Records

12th Match: Sri Lanka v Afghanistan 

–> Hamid Hassan becomes the quickest from associates to take 50 ODI wickets

–> Mahela Jayawardene becomes the 4th Sri Lankan to cross the 1000-run mark in World Cup.

13th Match: India v South Africa 

–> India record their first win against South Africa in World Cups.

–> South Africa lost the match by 130 runs- their first defeat by a margin of over 100 runs in World Cup.

14th Match: England v Scotland 

–> No Records

15th Match: West Indies v Zimbabwe 

–> Chris Gayle becomes the first player in the cricketing history to score a double hundred in a World Cup.

–> Gayle hits 16 sixes in his innings of 215 off 147 balls and equals the record of Rohit Sharma and AB de Villiers for the most sixes hit in an ODI innings and breaks David Miller’s record of most sixes hit in an innings of a World Cup match.

–> West Indies record their highest total in ODIs (372). Previous best was 364/3 against New Zealand at Hamilton in 2014.

–> Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle record the highest second wicket partnership (372) in ODIs, breaking Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid’s record of 318-run partnership against Sri Lanka in 1999 World Cup at Taunton.

16th Match: Ireland v UAE

–> No Records

17th Match: Afghanistan v Scotland 

–> Samiullah Shenwari and Shapoor Zadran secure Afghanistan their first win in World Cup.

18th Match: Sri Lanka v Bangladesh 

–> No Records

19th Match: South Africa v West Indies 

–> AB de Villiers records second fastest hundred (in 52 balls) in World Cup.

–> He also records the fastest 150 (in 64 balls) in the ODI history.

–> South Africa record their highest total (408) in World Cup.

–> West Indies skipper Jason Holder concedes 104 runs in his 10 overs, the second most by any bowler in World Cups.

–> South Africa beat West Indies by 257 runs and join India at the top of the list of the biggest victory margins in World Cup.

20th Match: New Zealand v Australia 

–> Mitchell Starc records his best bowling figures (6/28) in ODIs and World Cup.

21st Match: India v UAE 

–> India dismantle UAE for 102, the lowest score in this World Cup.

22nd Match: England v Sri Lanka 

–> No Records

23rd Match: Pakistan v Zimbabwe 

–> No Records

24th Match: South Africa v Ireland 

–> South Africa break their own record of highest score (411) in World Cup that they achieved against West Indies (when they scored 408) few matches back.

25th Match: Pakistan v UAE 

–> No Records

26th Match: Australia v Afghanistan

–>  Riding on David Warner’s magnificient knock of 178 (the highest score by an Australian in World Cup), Australia score 417 and break India’a record of highest score (413) in a World Cup that they achieved against Bermuda in 2007 World Cup.

–> Australia’s victory margin over Afghanistan- 275 runs- the biggest in World Cup history.

27th Match: Bangladesh v Scotland 

–> Kyle Coetzer becomes the first Scottish batsman to score a ton in World Cup.

–> Bangladesh successfully chased down a total of 319 – their highest ever in World Cup. 

28th Match: India v West Indies

–> No Records

29th Match: Pakistan v South Africa

–> Sarfraz Ahmed equals the record of most dismissals (6) in an ODI innings by a wicket-keeper.

30th Match: Ireland v Zimbabwe

–> No Records

31st Match: New Zealand v Afghanistan 

–> No Records

32nd Match: Australia v Sri Lanka 

–> Glenn Maxwell breaks AB de Villiers’s record of the second fastest hundred in World Cups. He completes his maiden World Cup hundred in 51 balls to surpass de Villiers’s record of 52 balls.

–> Sri Lanka becomes the first team in World Cup history to score 300 or more runs against Australia.

–> When Sangakkara reached 100, the count of hundreds in this World Cup reached to 25, getting past the record of 24 hundreds in 2011 World Cup.

33rd Match: England v Bangladesh 

–> Mahmudullah becomes the first Bangladesh batsmen to score a hundred in a World Cup match.

34th Match: India v Ireland 

–> No Records

35th Match: Sri Lanka v Scotland 

–> Kumar Sangakkara becomes the first batsman to score four consecutive hundreds in a single edition of World Cup.

–> Angelo Mathews records the second fastest fifty (off 20 balls) of this World Cup.

36th Match: South Africa v UAE 

–> No Records

37th Match: New Zealand v Bangladesh 

–> No Records

38th Match: England v Afghanistan 

–> No Records

39th Match: India v Zimbabwe 

–> India record their highest successful run-chase (288) in a World Cup game.

–> Brendon Taylor becomes the first Zimbabwe batsmen to score 400+ runs in World Cup.

40th Match: Australia v Scotland 

–> No Records

41st Match: West Indies v UAE 

–> No Records

42nd Match: Ireland v Pakistan 

–> William Porterfield becomes the first Irish captain to hit a century in World Cup.

QF1: South Africa v Sri Lanka 

–> JP Duminy takes the second hat-trick of this World Cup.

QF2: Australia v Pakistan 

–> No Records

QF3: India v Bangladesh

–> Rohit Sharma’s 137 is the highest ever score in a World Cup quarter-finals.

–> MS Dhoni recorded his 100th ODI win as the skipper of Indian team, the most by an Indian and the 3rd most by an captain across all teams

–> Indian bowlers managed to take 70 wickets in 7 matches (including this match)- A World Record

QF4: New Zealand v West Indies 

–> Martin Guptill becomes the first New Zealander and the second overall to score double hundred in World Cup.

–> New Zealand record their highest total (393) in World Cups.

SF1: New Zealand v South Africa  

–> New Zealand chase down a total of 299- the most by any team in a successful chase in the knockouts of a World Cup.

–> AB de Villiers ends the tournament with 482 runs- the second most by a South African in a single World Cup, after Jacques Kallis (485 runs in 2007 World Cup).

SF2: Australia v India

–> Australia score 328- the most by any team in a World Cup semi-final.

–> Shikhar Dhawan becomes the 4th Indian (after Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar) batsman to score 400+ runs in a single edition of World Cup.

–> MS Dhoni becomes the 3rd player (after Stephen Fleming and Ricky Ponting) to get past 6000 ODI runs while captaining his side.

Final: Australia v New Zealand

–> This was the 400th match in World Cup history.

–> Steven Smith becomes the first batsmen in World Cup history to make five consecutive 50+ scores (95, 72, 65, 105, 56*).

–> The home team wins the World Cup final in consecutive World Cups- India at Wankhede in 2011 and Australia at MCG in 2015.

–> Darren Lehmann becomes the second person (after Geoff Marsh) to win World Cup as coach and as player.

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